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Howard University football in 1904

1904 Howard University Football and 1906 St. John’s College Football

Check out this cool photo of Howard University’s football team in 1904. GoDCer Andy sent this in after checking out this cool post about Georgetown Prep’s basketball team. St. John’s College is now St....
Duke vs. GWU (1948)

Duke vs. George Washington University at Duke Stadium (1948)

Check out this program. It’s for the Duke vs. GWU football game, held on November 13th, 1948 at Duke. Source: Duke University Libraries Duke was pretty average in 1948, going 4-3-2 under coach Wallace...
1961 Washington Redskins

1961: The Last Year Season Redskins Fielded All-White Team

Only the Dallas Cowboys saved the Washington Redskins from complete disaster in 1961, the last year they fielded an all-white team. The Washington football franchise, under first-year coach Bill McPeak, posted a 1-12-1 record,...
Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice on sidelines with Washington Redskins head coach Joe Kuharich during game versus the Green Bay Packers at Riddick Stadium, Raleigh, N.C., September 11, 1954

Worst-Ever Season for the Redskins? Quite Possibly 1954

As dismal as this fall has been for fans of the Washington football franchise (want an illustrated history book for Christmas?), the 1954 season might have been even worse. How bad was it? In...

Ghosts of Heismans’ Past: Jack Scarbath and Bernie Faloney

It’s been more than 60 years since the University of Maryland (here’s a good history book from Amazon) had a serious candidate for college football’s Heisman Trophy. In the early 1950’s, the Terps had two...
1954 Maryland football

The 1950s Were The Glory Days for Maryland Football

Source: University of Maryland So long ACC. Hello Big Ten. The University of Maryland’s final game in the Atlantic Coast Conference Saturday, a 41-21 win at North Carolina State, brought back vivid memories of...

Who Were The Ballston Skulls?

The Ballston Skulls sounds like a gang. They weren’t. The Skulls played semi-pro football representing the village of Ballston. They played and practiced on a field, known as Ballston Stadium, at Ball’s Crossroads, currently...
Washington, D.C., 1920. "Gripp, Mathew, [Nathan] Lahn, Troske -- Gallaudet U." Gridiron stars of the first college for the deaf, credited with inventing the football huddle in the 1920s as a way to keep its signed plays secret.

Gallaudet Football Invents the Huddle

According to legend, the Gallaudet football team invented the huddle as a means to prevent opposing teams from stealing their plays by reading their sign language. Below are four players from the 1920 Gallaudet...
Washington Times - November 2nd, 1906 - page 12

November 2nd, 1906: High School Football Player’s Amateur Status Questioned

On Friday, November 2nd, 106 years ago, this was the sports page of the Washington Times.